Cranfield University at the Defence Academy: Graduation Day 2011
On Friday 22 July 2011 Cranfield University and the Defence Academy held a graduation ceremony for 182 students who had studied for postgraduate qualifications, some attending year-long courses at the College of Management and Technology, Shrivenham, whilst others had completed their masters over several years by flexible learning.
Also welcomed at the ceremony were graduands who had completed courses at other military establishments (validated by Cranfield University) including successful candidates from the Defence Academy’s own Nuclear Department at Gosport, the Royal School of Military Engineering and the Royal School of Military Survey.
Each year Cranfield presents an honorary graduate award to two individuals that have contributed to supporting Cranfield or the Defence industry. This year they were awarded to HRH The Princess Royal and to Dr David Price from Chemring.
The Princess Royal was awarded the degree of Doctor of Science in recognition of her contribution to the University through her involvement with affiliated charity organisation the Cranfield Trust. She is also recognised for her significant contributions to education as a whole, especially in developing countries, along with her many other contributions to society and support for the Armed Forces.
Dr David Price CBE was honoured with the degree of Doctor of Science in recognition of his distinguished achievements in the defence industry. His career in industry spans over 30 years; he was also a member of the Defence Scientific Advisory Council, providing advice to the UK government on its research and technology. David was awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2010 New Year Honours List for his services to the defence industry.